Dec 6, 2012 6:30pm EST
good up to almost two months. >> reporter: the syrian government claims it will not use chemical weapons. but president assad is feeling the pressure from opposition forces who have gained strength and are now moving on the capital, damascus. jeremy bowen, with our bbc partners, is there tonight and reports assad's forces are waging a fierce defense. >> throughout the day and after dark, when i'm speaking to you, there are quite steady explosions of shell fire, outgoing artillery fire, going into the suburbs around the center of the city, where i am. >> reporter: residents are caught in a worsening cross fire. >> people who came from areas that are being shelled, they are on the streets, many children, sometimes you see them crying, old people are sleeping on the ground. >> reporter: but nothing is this horrific war has gotten the attention of u.s. officials more than this chemical weapons threat. >> these reports may mean that the united states and our allies are facing the prospect of an imminent use of weapons of mass destruction in syria. this may be the last warning we get.
Dec 4, 2012 5:30pm PST
65 to 67. that would help the government save almost $6 billion a year, according to one study, though it would also come at a cost. an average of $700 more in out-of-pocket costs for those seniors no longer eligible for medicare, not to mention additional health care costs for employers. and, diane, you talked about the political cold front here in washington, d.c. how frosty are things? well, house speaker john boehner did come to the white house last night for president obama's annual holiday party for members of congress, but he did not get in the receiving line to say hello to the president and get a picture taken with him as he has done in previous years and as dozens, if not hundreds, of members of congress did last night. diane? >> okay, jake tapper reporting from the white house tonight. >>> and now we head overseas. take a look at the size of this protest today in cairo, egypt, tahrir square, tens of thousands of protesters reeling from tear gas but determined to send a message to the world about their new duel over democracy, and here's abc's alex marquardt. >> repor
Dec 5, 2012 6:30pm EST
government sounding the alarment tonight about something that affects millions of older americans. you may have seen commercials calling for a reverse mortgage. but tonight, abc news has learned there's growing concern and the government may be ready to take as. here's abc's senior national correspondent jim avila. >> it was -- this was our dream. >> reporter: the family home, dream and nest egg for wisconsin's linda and jim mcmahon. until it had to be sold out from under linda to pay back a reverse mortgage as soon as her husband died. >> i get a letter, sorry to hear about your husband passing away. buy the house or move out. >> reporter: reverse mortgages give homeowners an immediate cash payment in exchange for future equity. allowing them to stay in the house until death. but only people 62 and older quali qualify. linda was too young to be on the mortgage, so, when her older husband died, she lost everything. it's only one danger inherent in the reverse mortgage. >> hi, i'm fred thompson. >> hi, i'm henry winniklewinkle. >> reporter: critics say the commercials prey on vulnerable
Dec 11, 2012 5:30pm PST
the first time, he is putting the syrian opposition on the path to be recognized as the new government if and when assad falls. i'd like to talk about syria. do you plan to recognize the opposition and give them some legitimacy? >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people, in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes the responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> reporter: that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that are, in fact, affiliated with al qaeda in iraq. and we have designated them, al nusra, as a terrorist organization. and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements of the opposition. >> reporter: for the president, recognizing the syrian opposition as the legitimate authority in that country, many are asking what this may mean in term